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Dead Person of the day October 31 – Ted Sorenson

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A few things occurred to me while revisiting this obit.

Number 1 – Ted Sorensen is one hell of an American

Number 2 – I had no idea JFK won the Pulitzer!

Number 3 – The C.I.A. needs to pump the brakes

I’ll let Timbo Weiner take it from here….

Ted Sorensen (May 28, 1928 – October 31 2010)

Published: October 31, 2010

Theodore Sorensen, one of the last links to John F. Kennedy’s administration, a writer and counselor who did much to shape the president’s narrative, image and legacy, died Sunday in Manhattan. He was 82.

His death, at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, was from complications of a stroke he suffered a week ago, his wife, Gillian Sorensen, said.

Mr. Sorensen once said he suspected that the headline on his obituary would read “Theodore Sorenson, Kennedy Speechwriter,” misspelling his name and misjudging his work, but he was much more. He was a political strategist and a trusted adviser on everything from election tactics to foreign policy.

“You need a mind like Sorensen’s around you that’s clicking and clicking all the time,” Kennedy’s archrival, Richard M. Nixon, said in 1962. He said Mr. Sorensen had “a rare gift”: the knack of finding phrases that penetrated the American psyche. Continue

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